AWE provides warheads for the UK’s nuclear deterrent and offers solutions in counter-terrorism and nuclear threat reduction.

  • 9 day fortnight
  • 100-500 employees
  • Hybrid remote
  • Aldermaston, United Kingdom

Who we are

AWE has been a cornerstone of the UK’s national security for nearly 70 years, specializing in nuclear weapons research and development.


Our mission is to provide the warheads for the UK's ultimate deterrent, Trident, and extend our expertise to counter-terrorism and nuclear threat reduction solutions for the UK government. Based in Berkshire, AWE is deeply committed to maintaining national safety and security.

What we do


At AWE, we engage in cutting-edge research and development to support the UK's nuclear deterrence capabilities. Our work includes designing, manufacturing, and maintaining nuclear warheads and offering technical expertise in counter-terrorism and nuclear threat reduction. Our highly specialized team works on projects critical to national security, utilizing state-of-the-art technologies and facilities to ensure the safety and effectiveness of our operations.

Working at AWE

Working at AWE means being part of a dedicated team of professionals committed to national security. Our employees enjoy a unique work environment with exceptional technologies and facilities unavailable elsewhere. We value diversity, inclusion, and personal development, offering a range of professional support and opportunities for career growth. Our working pattern includes a 9-day fortnight, providing a better work-life balance with every other Friday off.

Team Benefits

  • 9-day fortnight: Work every other Friday off
  • Pension contributions: Between 9% to 13%
  • Professional development: Support for gaining relevant qualifications and funding for professional memberships
  • Competitive salary: Regular pay reviews benchmarked against industry standards
  • Annual leave: 270 hours of leave per year, including bank holidays
  • Agile and flexible working: Opportunities for offsite and home working
  • Life insurance: Four-times salary death-in-service benefit
  • Benefits scheme: Lifestyle, financial, and wellbeing services, including Cycle to Work and Employee Discount schemes

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AWE overview

Working Week

We work a 9 day fortnight. That's 9 slightly longer days over 2 weeks (80 hours total), with every second Friday off.

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Our Vacation Policy

We offer a generous leave policy calculated in hours to accommodate the unique working pattern


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Our working Day

  • 7am
    Work between
  • 9am
    Typical hours

Remote Working Policy

We offer opportunities for agile working with a mix of onsite and remote options

Our Team

We're a team of 1.5k across 18 departments:

  • engineering
  • human resources
  • business development
  • operations
  • education
  • information technology
  • media and commmunication
  • consulting
  • finance
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Company Benefits

  • Health insurance
  • 401(k) company contribution
  • Transparent Salaries
  • Flexible working hours
  • Generous parental leave
  • Equipment allowance
  • Life & Disability Insurance
  • Professional Development Budget

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